Defence Science and Technology Indigenous Summer Vacation Placement

The Summer Vacation Placement (SVP) is a 12-week paid program for high-performing undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students.

At DST, we want a workforce of talented people who excel and innovate by harnessing different views, ideas and experiences. We value the unique perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and are committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of Indigenous STEM professionals.

These Summer Vacation Placements are only open to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

SVP students are supervised by DST staff and use skills gained at university to work on a current Defence project. The program commences late November/early December to coincide with the university summer break.

SVP provides successful applicants the opportunity to gain work experience in a large research organisation. Successful applicants undertake a research project, work at a DST laboratory under the supervision of science and technology staff, and receive a support payment.

Scholarship details

Value: Value may vary

Duration: Duration of the program

Application dates

Unknown - check with provider


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Areas of study:

  • Architecture and built environment

At Institution:

  • Other

Study level:

  • Undergraduate

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • ACT
  • NSW
  • NT
  • SA
  • QLD
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the SVP you must:
Be an Australian citizen;
Identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
Be a full-time tertiary student who will undertake full-time tertiary studies in the following year;
Have completed a minimum of two (2) years of tertiary study (full-time or equivalent) before starting a project;
Be available to undertake a full-time work placement between November and February; and
Be able to obtain a Baseline security clearance.

Further Information

Successful applicants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and associated costs.

Projects may be available at any DST site across Australia.